If you’re a big fan of Cabernet Sauvignon but are looking for change, classic Merlot could be exactly what you need. Chances are you already have a fair feel for the flavour but have you ever really given it a chance? Merlot is a great alternative to other reds, perfect for food pairing with many different dishes and offers both moderate tannins and balanced acidity. Merlot can be found at all price ranges and is a great safe choice for dinner parties. If you’re looking to buy wine online and want a range of Merlots to choose from, The Fine Wine Company won’t let you down.
Merlot translates from an old regional French dialect to approximately “little blackbird” obviously a nod to its deep, red-black tones. It is the second most planted grape in the world and is the most planted varietal in the popular and well-known wine region of Bordeaux.
Merlot Tasting Profile
Merlot is a rich and fruity wine. Your palate will be awash with berry and dark fruit flavours as well as plum, chocolate and cedar. Merlot is a medium-bodied red wine when compared to others in the category. While it is a great choice for many different meals, merlot goes particularly well with turkey and pork as well as rich stews and wintry vegetable-based meals. It isn’t a great choice for fish or spicy foods.
Merlot is of course the shining star of the Bordeaux region. Classically and historically it is the place to go for Merlot, with the best examples coming from The Right Bank area of the region. Appellations such as Pomerol and Fronsac are renowned for the Bordeaux merlot. Classic merlots from this region are earthier and have hints of tobacco in their flavour. New World merlots have a different, lighter flavour. If you’re looking to try something different to a classic Bordeaux flavour then look to Chile and Western Australia. Both these regions produce sterling merlots which have their own unique character, with just a hint of Bordeaux influence.
Every year brings about a new set of trendy wines, exciting innovations and ideas which storm the market. In 2018 there are many new wine trends to look out for and we hope you’ll be able to enjoy at least one of them with The Fine Wine Company. Take a look at three top trends below:
It’s All About Sauvignon Blanc
Chardonnay and Chenin Blanc have been the market leaders when it comes to white wine recently, but Sauvignon is making a comeback, especially Sauvignon Blanc from South Africa. Sauvignon Blanc has a crisper more acidic flavour than other white wines and often shows off bright tropical notes, as well as a touch of green pepper. Our range of Sauvignon Blanc is vast, incorporating options such as this zesty Chilean offering as well as this classic Marlborough Sauvignon.
Be Prepared for the Impact of Drought
Droughts around the world in key wine growing regions do affect the wines available. We may see lower yields of popular Australian and South African wines due to long dry periods and while there is still plenty of quality being produced, it may affect how much access we have from wine in these regions. The wine growers are of course dedicated to keeping their wine production growing but there is only so much you can do when the climate and weather are not optimal.
Sample a Premium Rose
Rose never goes off trend but now our palates are getting more sophisticated and so are the skills of the wine growers around the world. The South of France is known for its beautiful high-quality roses, from both Provence and Bandol, but other regions are also catching up. The prices may be a little surprising but the flavours make it more than worthwhile. At The Fine Wine Company our wide ranging rose collection ensures there is an offering for everyone, with classic French roses such as Miraval, Cotes de Provence Rose to modern Californian options such as Angels and Cowboys.
These are just three examples of many trends to look out for in 2018. Whether you like to follow the crowd or are just looking for wine inspiration, it’s worth keeping these flavours in mind.